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Jun 30, 2020

BLN Virtual Panel Discussion: Immunization Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Lessons and Post-Pandemic Recovery Strategies

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) is hosting a series of virtual panel discussions about immunization service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to watch a discussion about lessons and post-pandemic recovery strategies. This is the first in a series of three virtual panel discussions.

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Jun 18, 2020

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia | From Design to Deployment

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Tanzania, Zambia

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar presentation on “Electronic Immunization Registries in Tanzania and Zambia: From Design to Deployment.” The BID Initiative, a PATH project with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked closely with the ministries of health in Tanzania and Zambia to address data-related challenges faced by their immunization programs. The BID Initiative developed interventions comprising electronic immunization registries (EIRs), supply chain management, and data use tools. Join us in this webinar where the speakers provide an overview of the process to develop the digital health solutions, from the design stage through to deployment of the system.

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Jun 17, 2020

Assessing the incremental costs and savings of introducing electronic immunization registries and stock management systems: Evidence from the BID Initiative in Tanzania and Zambia

Pan African Medical Journal

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Tanzania, Zambia

Poor data quality and use negatively impact immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In addition, many LMICs have a shortage of health personnel, and staff available have demanding workloads across several health programs. In order to address these challenges, the BID Initiative introduced a comprehensive suite of interventions, including an electronic immunization registry aimed at improving the quality, reliability, and use of immunization data in Tanzania and Zambia. BID conducted a micro-costing study to estimate the economic costs of service delivery and logistics for the immunization programs with and without the BID interventions in a sample of health facilities and district program offices in each country. The full article can be found in the Pan African Medical Journal.

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Jun 3, 2020

BLN Webinar: Addressing Immunization Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch a webinar called: “Addressing Immunization Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.” This BLN webinar was hosted in partnership with Nigeria’s WHO Scholar Alumni. The webinar discusses the challenges faced by health workers and the ways in which they have been resolved.  

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Jun 2, 2020

BLN Webinar: Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “Triangulation for Improved Decision-Making in Immunization Programs.” Successful immunization programs use data to guide efficient management, tailor strategies, and make decisions to achieve program goals. Many data sources exist within and outside the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), but the use of various data sources together is not optimal in many countries. In the absence of perfect data, public health practice has long acknowledged that combining many pieces of weaker evidence can form a strong basis for making more informed decisions. As such, triangulation which is the synthesis of two or more existing data sources, is used to address relevant questions for program planning and decision-making. This webinar will introduce the concept of data triangulation in immunization programs for decision-making and present examples of data triangulation use in the field.

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May 22, 2020

BLN Webinar: DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs | Apps and Dashboards

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The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar called: “DHIS2 Tools for Immunization Programs: Apps and Dashboards.” Global and national stakeholders have acknowledged that routine immunization programs face significant challenges related to the collection, analysis, availability and use of data for planning, management and improvement of program performance. To address the data challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) worked with the Health Information Systems Program (HISP) in Tanzania to develop a DHIS2 immunization data quality application suitable for low-income countries. During this webinar the speaker provides a step-by-step guide on how the app works and how it can be applied to immunization programs for data analysis and dashboard use for decision-making. The presenter shared lessons from countries using DHIS2 data quality apps.

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May 21, 2020

BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative Meeting Report: Lusaka, 3-5 March 2020

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The BID Learning Network (BLN)/Gavi Data Quality and Use (DQU) Collaborative convened a learning session for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) representatives and data managers from member countries between March 3-5, 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. The learning session gave participants an opportunity to interact with their peers and share insights around their respective country immunization information systems, data use practices, and the lessons they have learned. The meeting also provided a platform for a rich exchange of knowledge, experiences, and ideas in support of improved immunization data quality and use. The full meeting report is now available.

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May 20, 2020

BLN Webinar: Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar presentation called “Challenges in Ascertaining Proof of Vaccination in Routine Childhood Immunization in Burkina Faso.” In countries taking a fast pace to introduce new vaccines, primary vaccination recording tools, such as vaccination cards or home-based records and health facility-based records, may not be systematically updated or updated in a timely manner to include data recording fields for the new antigens. During this webinar the presenter shared key findings from a six week cross-sectional survey that was conducted in 30 health facilities across ten health districts in Burkina Faso between 2016 and 2017.

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May 20, 2020

BLN/Gavi Data Quality and Use Collaborative Meeting Presentations: Lusaka, 3-5 March 2020

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The BID Learning Network (BLN)/Gavi Data Quality and Use (DQU) Collaborative convened a learning session for Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) representatives and data managers from member countries between March 3-5, 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia. It was attended by more than 30 participants.

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May 7, 2020

BLN Webinar: Electronic Immunization Registries and the COVID-19 Response

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Tanzania, Pakistan

The BID Learning Network invites you to watch a webinar on “Electronic Immunization Registries and the COVID-19 Response.” This presentation included speakers from the World Health Organization, the BID Initiative, and Interactive Research and Development. It was followed by an open discussion on how to leverage routine health system data to understand the impacts of COVID-19.

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